Everlasting Love?

Everlasting Love? asks “If we continue to throw away our once loved technology for the latest bright shiny new thing, will we have room to plant flowers? Or will the only flowers be made from landfill contents?”


The 1000+ flowers in this garment are made from over 500m of UTP computer cable. The enclosed eight strands of wire were untwisted, stretched, dyed, wrapped, spray painted and assembled.

These images of the gorgeous Amy on judging day are by photographer Elle Norgard and courtesy of the City of Mandurah.


I am delighted that Everlasting Love? will be in the Wearable Art Mandurah showcase Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June. Along with La Mariposa and her cocoon.

I’ve just seen the images of all the other finalists and I know the showcase is going to be amazing.
Here is a short video of 2016 showcase:-

To purchase tickets for 2017 showcase  click here

Dates and Times:

Saturday 10th June 6.30pm
Sunday 11th June 2.30pm
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre


Monet’s Garden

Colour Project – Green, Part 11

In 2008 at the end of a wonderful European family holiday I was able to fulfill my dream of visiting Monet’s Garden in Giverny France.  It was quite an effort to get there, with several  challenges along the way. For me it was absolutely worth the effort.  Stunning displays of colourful flowers, the reflections in The Water Garden, I could see how Monet spent the later years of his life painting the Water Lilies series. We took a lot of photos…I printed some of these photos on the fabric sheets that you can use to print images from your computer…then what to do with them…they evoked such strong memories of the garden I didn’t know how to do them justice…not wanting to just plonk the image in a piece of work…So four years later, I’ve chopped them up!

As a piece of textile I think they work better…

Below is a print from the Breakdown Printing workshop that I have coloured with chalks and made permanent with textile medium.

Below a print from the same screen with hand stitch added.

More Soy Wax

Colour Project – Green, Part 10

These samples were dyed with Procion, firstly with a light green after more wax was applied a darker green. Both dyes were painted directly onto the fabric. The base colours and fabrics have given the variety of shades.

Above – using a metal scone cutter to create circles. Below – a wooden block stamp. Both on heavy cotton sheeting

Below – Corks, wooden blocks and satay sticks also on cotton sheeting.

Below – Fork Prongs on Habutai silk

Below – the same wooden print block on habutai gives a much finer line.

Soy Wax

Colour Project – Green, Part 9

These two samples are made from the cut away scraps from my “What Shines Through”  piece. Left – on polyester satin, right – on dyed woolen blanket, both attached with visoflex. The hand stitching is experiments using The Right-Handed Embroiderer’s Companion by Yvette Stanton. A great reference book!

More than a year ago I purchased some Soy Wax. I really wasn’t overly excited to try it due to my experiences with Batik in years gone by, and fabric that never lost that stiff waxy feel.

I am delighted that Soy wax washes out very well in hot soapy water and the original hand of the fabric is retained. These samples below have been previously dyed except for No.2 and painted with diluted printing paint after the soy wax was applied. A Tjanting and paint brush blobs were used to apply the wax in the first two.

Fork prongs and a wooden block were used to apply the wax below.

Below – This piece was originally dyed with a shibori triangle fold resist, hence the dark shadow.  Wax is applied with a paint brush.

Above – Wooden blocks and below – Fork prongs used to apply the wax.


Colour Project – Green, Part 8

I’ve just received a few new books in the post one is Create Your Own Hand Printed Cloth by Rayna Gillman. She encourages you to use every day objects (things you find in the kitchen, shed and office) to print, stamp and use as rubbings.

These first two samples are on polyester satin that was previously transfer printed.

Above – Stamp printed with fabric doilies. Below – Circle foam stamps I have made and a  piece of foam grid. In the book Rayna talks about using the same objects in different ways, such as using it as a stamp or rubbing and also as a stencil using the negative spaces.

These two are cotton fabric that have previously been coloured with a wash of printing ink. I’ve then used patterned ceramic tiles for the prints.

Below – using the same tiles as a rubbing plate on transfer printed polyester satin.

Gelatine Prints to Complex Cloth

Colour Project – Green, Part 7

This set of samples are created from re working some of my first attempts at Gelatine Plate printing over a year ago. The Gelatine Plate is still in the fridge and appears to be  useable…I plan to do some more soon…

Left is the original piece, right – adding a Shiva Paint stick texture rubbing from a cane chair and a lead light window.

Above – Bubble wrap stamp print was added to a very dull piece of printing, Then right – some gold Shiva Stick roll/scraped onto the brown stripes.

The gelatine plate second print (also called shadow print) was great for a background to the stamping using corks, wood blocks and a foam cut stamp.

The original lace doily print left has been coloured with chalk pastels and then scraped over with fabric printing extender to seal the colour. All of the pieces above could still be over dyed or added to in other ways to create more depth and interest.

Print, Stitch and Weave

Colour Project – Green, Part 6

Above – Previously stamp printed stripes, cut up and embroidered on felt.

Below – cut out sections left have been used in the piece right.

I have collected quite a few old doilies, both fabric and plastic and I have been playing around with dyeing, printing and stitching them. This one previously dyed has been woven with strips of scrunch dyed silk habutai.


Dyeing and Discharge

Colour Project – Green, Part 5

These fabrics, although not already green, were left over soda soaked pieces (ready for  Procion dyeing) from Linda Stokes Breakdown Printing workshop – they fit the green theme on a technicality! I have used a scrunch layer dyeing technique Linda told us about at the workshop. Small pieces of fabric are squashed into a jar, a small amount of dye added on top, and then the process is repeated changing the dye colour until the the jar is full. Fabrics great for a base layer are created.

Below – Using deColourant to discharge (remove the colour from the fabric) some commercially dyed Silk Dupion samples. Discharge paste was stamped onto the fabric.

Scrunch layer dyed silk habutai with a discharge stamp of plastic lace.

Above – Shibori dyed and below -Scrunch dyed silk habutai discharged with the same stamp.

Above and below – scrunch layer dyed cotton headcloth discharged again with a stamp print.



Simple Stitches

Colour Project – Green, Part 4

Another embroidered piece using left overs from the “Patchwork Sampler” The background fabric is polyester organza.

Above – a piece of transfer printed polyester satin stitched with small square sequins from an old scarf. Below – The same idea on a larger scale using circles of silk dupion and transfer printed polyester. Base fabric is hand dyed wool blanket.

On the Green Side

Colour Project – Green, Part 3

Having said I would only use what I already have – technically it was already soda soaked, so not a completely new piece of fabric…below is a piece of Breakdown printing I completed at the second day of Linda Stokes workshop.I feel I am starting to get the hang of this technique after 2 days of workshops. I am now really looking forward to Kerr Grabowski coming to present a workshop in Perth in October for WAFTA.

This piece is truly recycled. It was an unused section from my “Patchwork Sampler” piece.

It originally has layers of transfer print, stamped fabric, machine stitch and cut away sections. I have added the hand stitch.